We often draw on local partners who have a niche specialization in a particular technical area or geographic region. Many of these organizations offer specific capacity building tools and resources that enhance the effectiveness of our projects. Local capacity building is one means of engaging local organizations to achieve meaningful and sustainable change.
We work with local organizations to improve technical, organizational, financial, and administrative capacity in strategic planning, governance, internal processes, management, contracting and compliance, human resources, information systems, and monitoring and evaluation. To bolster local professionals and their organizations, we offer formal and informal training, targeted short-term assistance, and mentoring.
For example, Chemonics has worked with local partner Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in the Philippines to strengthen their management capacity to implements donor-funded programs themselves. Both project and home-office staff worked with PBSP to develop operations and grants manuals, emergency action plans, and communications strategies and tools. Chemonics staff also provided training in USAID and other government agency regulations and practices. Today, the partnership has paid off for both Chemonics and PBSP. The original project was a success, delivering health services to 3.2 million people, and now PBSP is managing the follow-on project as USAID’s prime implementer.
Many of our projects are also designed to transition to local leadership midway, and we work with local project leaders to develop a changeover plan and facilitate relationships with the client to ensure continuity.
Chemonics also engages local partners through local partner fairs. We have recently hosted these in Egypt and Afghanistan to offer local organizations the opportunity to engage with Chemonics staff, learn about our work, and discuss potential partnership opportunities.
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